Massachusetts reports 1,809 new coronavirus cases


State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

By Charlie McKenna

Massachusetts reported 1,809 new coronavirus cases and 23 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to increase dramatically.

Saturday’s case total is down from 2,200 reported Saturday, but still up significantly from previous weeks.  Single-day cases topped 2,000 Friday and Saturday. At the virus’ peak in late April, daily cases in the state averaged just over 2,000.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker acknowledged that the pandemic was officially hitting a second wave in the state. 

“The second surge that so many of the folks in the public health community talked about last summer, which now seems like a million years ago, is certainly underway not just here but across the U.S. and frankly across almost all the western democracies,” Baker told local officials gathered for a phone meeting Friday.

Emerson does not update its COVID-19 dashboard on the weekends as no new tests are administered at Tufts Medical Center. Friday’s dashboard update reported no new positives out of 627 new tests administered on Nov. 5.